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Wedding Dress and Cowboy Boots | Grief and Loss | Port Orchard Photographer

Allow me to set the scene…⁠

Her heels were sinking into the ground and I could tell she wanted to take them off. Her love says to her, “Too bad you don’t have your boots.” She responds with, “I have them in my bag!” By this time, I am intrigued and ask if she’s referring to cowboy boots and excitedly, she says, “Yes!” I immediately say, “Let me grab them for you!” ⁠

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Finding Joy in Difficult Times | Grief and Loss | Port Orchard Photographer

Puget Sound, Washington

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

-Oceans, Hillsong UNITED

Can I be vulnerable with you for a moment?

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Hannah + Jake | Sunrise Engagement | Great Falls Park, Virginia | Port Orchard Travel Photographer

Sunrise session? Yussssss please!!! 😍⁠⠀
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See that gorgeous girl? That’s Hannah and I was blessed to photograph not only her senior pictures, but her prom and cap and gown portraits as well! She was one of my very first senior sessions when I started my business! So, naturally, when she reached out to me to see if I would be willing to travel to the east coast to photograph her engagement session, I jumped at the opportunity!

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Jesse + Nate | Beach Engagement | Full Sun and Golden Hour Photography | Point No Point Lighthouse, Hansville, WA | Port Orchard Engagement Photographer

I am excited about this blog post not only because Jesse and Nate made this engagement session super fun, but because I get to write about photographing in different lighting situations: full sun and golden hour. Most photographers prefer to shoot closer to golden hour (about an hour before sunset to a half hour after sunset) and rightly so because of the soft, warm, directional light. But what do you do if you are unable to schedule a session at that time? Well, I am going to share with you how I shoot in both situations.

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Favorite Vendors | Port Orchard Wedding Photographer

Florals by New Leaf Floral Design

After making the announcement last year that I would officially be booking weddings, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many amazing vendors in the wedding industry. From florists, to cake artists, DJ’s, stationery designers, venues, etc., I thought I would write a post featuring my favorites that I’ve worked with so far. I plan to turn this into a page as my network grows. Until then, here are my faves!

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Stacy + Corey | Beach Wedding | Point No Point Lighthouse, Hansville, WA | Port Orchard Wedding Photographer

When Cassie with Cassie Newquist Photodesign invited me to participate in a styled shoot she was putting together, I jumped at the chance! I love working with other creatives and wedding vendors to build community. The bonus is getting to practice my skills and build my portfolio as well. It’s a win, win!

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Alma + Alex | Intimate Poulsbo Wedding | Port Orchard Wedding Photographer

So many brides had to postpone or change their wedding plans due to Covid-19. Last year we saw far more intimate weddings because of various restrictions that were in place. I have to admit, I am pretty partial to small private ceremonies as I had one myself when I married the love of my life back in 2006. Alma and Alex’s wedding didn’t disappoint! It had everything a larger wedding has just on a smaller scale!

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Stefanie + JP | Greenhouse Engagement Session | The Brothers Greenhouses | Port Orchard Engagement Photographer

I love plants, no seriously…I L O V E plants!!! So naturally one of my absolute favorite places to shoot is at The Brothers Greenhouses located in Port Orchard, WA. It’s my favorite place because, well plants, but also because it’s perfect for cold and rainy days, which let’s be honest, they are no shortage of here in the Pacific Northwest.

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